Beto O'Rourke Joins Democratic Presidential Field

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The black-and-white color scheme depicted on his campaign's official logos and merchandise certainly meets that standard, offering a stark contrast to the red-white-and-blue everything of Trump's campaign organization. "I don't know where I am on a [political] spectrum, and I nearly could care less", he said at a recent stop in Wisconsin. "Bring him in, and it'll be an interesting primary fight". In an interview for the piece, the former congressman talked about his presidential ambitions. He was a heavy underdog when he challenged Cruz, a Republican, in mostly conservative Texas, but he quickly demonstrated an ability to draw capacity crowds and raise money from voters nationwide.

In February, he held a rally in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, on the same night as one staged there by Republican President Donald Trump. The Texas Democrat and his wife previously expressed concern about the toll a presidential campaign could take on their three young children, especially after his long-shot, two-year campaign against Cruz.

The former Texas congressman announced his White House run Thursday morning and stopped later in a coffeeshop in Keokuk (KEE'-uh-kuhk), Iowa.

While running for Senate, he offered an unapologetically liberal vision, supporting Trump's impeachment, universal health care, gun control, marijuana decriminalization, steep federal subsidies for prekindergarten education and relaxed immigration policies.

"Lincoln ended up as an wonderful president", said Gingrich. "But it's harder to see how he gets the nomination in the first place". But he opted against using a post to discredit or attack the El Paso native.

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His track record during six years in the US House of Representatives is thin. That has been an issue in every campaign he has run and will undoubtedly resurface during his presidential bid.

Commenting on O'Rourke's decision to enter the race, RNC communications director Michael Ahrens said "it's telling that the Democrats' biggest star is someone whose biggest accomplishment is losing".

US Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, and US Sen.

Ending his announcement video in momentous terms, O'Rourke said, "We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth".

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